EAAP 2016 (Belfast): Sustainable Food Production


Logo EAAP 2016The 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) was held from 29 August to 2 Sept 2016 in Belfast (Ireland). This is Europe’s largest animal science conference and gathers more than 1000 presentations and 1200 delegates.

This year, the theme was Sustainable Food Production:  Livestock’s Key Role. The content covered the whole range of animal science including genetics, nutrition, animal management and health, physiology, cattle, sheep and goat, pig, poultry and horse production and livestock farming systems.

Part of our applied research department, managed by PhD Joaquín Morales presented three works:

  • Effect of protected benzoic acid supplementation in nursery diets on piglet growth performance. S. Keller, M. Blanch, P. Buttin, J. Morales. 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Abstract book, p 545. Belfast, UK, 29 Aug – 2 Sept 2016. Poster.
  • Effect of sow diet trace mineral source on colostrum and milk composition and growth of piglets. C. Rapp, J. Morales. 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Abstract book, p 555. Belfast, UK, 29 Aug – 2 Sept 2016. Poster.
  • Effect of trace mineral source in sow and nursery diets on nursery pig growth performance. C. Rapp, J. Morales. 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Abstract book, p 556. Belfast, UK, 29 Aug – 2 Sept 2016. Poster.

Results obtained in the first study indicated that the feed supplementation with a protected benzoic acid was more efficient to improve growth performance in the nursery period compared with zinc oxide used at therapeutic dose administered during 14 days after weaning.

In the other two studies the effect of two different trace mineral sources, inorganic versus minerals from complexed sources, were assessed in lactation and in nursery periods. In lactation, supplementing sow diets with complexed trace minerals improved sow reproductive performance, decreased somatic cell count in milk and increased litter weaning weight. In nursery, complexed Cu and Zn feed supplementation improved growth performance of nursery pigs compared to inorganic sources of the same trace minerals.

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